CFA members celebrate art, creativity, joy at Womxn History Month

Womxn and other backward genres have long used art and expression to create happiness, to provide sustenance, to connect with society, and to organize social movements.

Art representation, relevance, news coverage is beyond words. It’s a powerful form of storytelling and visualization. “Art is a manifestation of who we are, a celebration of humanity in all of us, both individually and as a creative society. Art seeks to be brave, to believe in the process of innovation and to imagine something that does not exist. At the root, art tells a story. It provides an emotional connection to the creation of fascinating art that speaks to today’s social issues, “said Leslie Bryan, CFA San Bernardino Lecture Representative, CSU San Bernardino. Dance writer, and co-organizer of the CFA print book.

“CFA’s work has always included an element of creativity in the visual, auditory and kinetic ways of our storytelling. And use it to promote social justice. The art of our faculty will not only tell CFA success stories but will also highlight the need for impact of change at CSU, ”Brian added.

The vision of a better, more just and inclusive future is an important part of the work of CFA members who train the leaders of tomorrow and demonstrate the anti-apartheid and anti-social justice alliance. Retired Sacramento professor, CFA president, and activist Dr. Cecil Canton highlighted the power of vision during this month’s Equality Conference.

“This is the CFA dream story and how the team came together to make the dream come true,” Canton said during his dream, creating a team work session. “And now we have dreams that are very big. I love it and I love that we grow, and we dream, and we embrace because we accept so many, so many other people.”

Animated graphics with 2 people throwing hands in the air.
Faviana Rodriguez, an indie discipline artist and social justice activist, created the artwork for the CFA 2015 Deal Campaign.

To facilitate the best CSU concept for faculty and students, CFA members create a printed book, a small self-produced publication, like Zen. Members can tell stories about their working conditions and dreams through creative writing, poetry, short stories, visual arts, photo documents and / or performances, digital graphic, and more. Have to change. Focusing on racism, the social justice organization we run as a union, these stories will address the reduction of mental health services, increased funding for university policing, faculty diversity, low teacher value, and academic freedom. Identify attempts to weaken.

“Art is synonymous with performance. For years, in our awareness, on campus events, conferences, and demonstrations, we have used art to tell our stories and build strong relationships. That was what we were doing. But we don’t always call it part of our work, “said Nicola Walters, CFA’s director of membership and organization, Professor of the Year Polly Humboldt, and co-organizer of the book. “Now, with the help of creative writers, illustrators, sculptors, dancers, artists, illustrators, graphic designers, illustrators, painters, and artists from all walks of life across CSU, we create art in our organization and its Let’s explore the possibilities that we can create. Together. “

CSU has a history with art as a resistance: the state of Fresno was one of the focal points of the feminist art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Founded by artist Judy Chicago, it was the first female arts program in the country.

Jill Fields, CFA, said the project, known as the Feminist Arts Program, was significant because it was a first place for female art students to learn the skills of professional artists, and to create new forms of art. Expressed their experiences as women. Member of Fresno and Professor of History and Founding Coordinator of Jewish Studies in Fresno.

In addition to the state of Fresno, there were many starting points in the feminist art movement, such as the Black Women’s Art Collection where we are in New York and the Los Angeles Moralistas in the Gulf region, according to Fields, who Edit on. How Feminist Art Completed the Women’s Movement and Transformed America

Good social relationships require different thinking, and the visual arts can work to combat dominant cultural narratives, she said, from Woody Guttierez’s “Union Made” song to Picasso’s “Guerinica” painting to Betty Sar’s gathering. “Aunt Jemima’s freedom.”

“Creative expression can create joy and community. It’s a different approach to imagining a more equal present and future,” Fields said. “Art is a celebration of the social spirit, a means of expressing harm, and a way of embracing emotions that are important elements of the movement for social justice.”

Members can submit to CFA Print Book until May 31.

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